Yoga Retreat in Yelapa, Mexico
January 11 - 17, 2020 | Led by Ambika Selvan & Amy Starner
Join Ambika and Amy for 7 days and 6 nights in Yelapa, Mexico located 45 minutes south of Puerto Vallarta via water taxi. The town of Yelapa has no roads that lead into it creating a perfect sanctuary to enjoy your yoga practice, the surrounding natural beauty, and general relaxation. Spend your time enjoying the main beach or one of its many activities, exploring the village of Yelapa and its hidden coves and waterfalls, or take advantage of the peace and beauty offered at the retreat site. Take this opportunity to do what makes you truly happy and rejuvenated.
Los Naranjos Retreat is nestled in the jungle just a lovely 10 minute walk from the town of Yelapa and provides several traditional Mexican casitas on four lush acres of natural gardens, including a private waterfall and wading pool. There are several different meeting spaces including a large, treehouse-style palapa for group yoga classes. For more pictures and information about Los Naranjos, visit YelapaRetreat.com.
Two yoga classes will be offered a day, one led by each teacher, with the evening class being a gentler practice to finish the day. This retreat is for students in relatively good physical condition, who have a basic familiarity with Vinyasa Flow Yoga's commonly used asanas and transitions and can walk stairs without a problem.
Los Naranjos provides three delicious and healthy meals a day using local, fresh tropical fruits and vegetables, and farm-raised meats. The food is amazing! Vegetarian and gluten free options are available.
Accommodations at Los Naranjos
As boasted on the retreat site webpage, “All accommodations are unique and comfortable, with thatched roofs that harmonize with the surroundings and open walls to let in the cool jungle breezes. Fresh, safe drinking water is provided at bedside. Bath facilities have rosewood countertops, ornate tile sinks, and hot water. Rustic elegance!” Visit their website to see pictures of all casita options. Please request any roommate preference(s) on your registration sheet, as well as any other room requests. We will do our best to accommodate them. All casitas enjoy the peace and beauty of Yelapa.
Excursion (optional & subject to change)
TBD - Examples include hiking or horseback riding to a secluded water fall or a boat ride for whale watching to one of the smaller coves in the Bahia Bay. All excursions include food and swimming.
Deepen Your Practice Private Session* (optional & additional cost)
If you are looking for more personal attention to your yoga practice during the retreat, to talk about alignment or specific modifications/advancing, etc, you can choose to book a private session with Amy or Ambika one day during the retreat week. This is an additional cost of $40 US dollars/30 mins and $65/60 mins and each teacher will have 5 hours total time available during the retreat. You are welcome to pre-book for a session at the time of your final payment for the retreat or, if there are slots available, you can choose to book while we're in Mexico. Both options require cash payment to the instructor after your session on the retreat.
Cost = $1350 per person
There is a $200 discount if final amount is paid by 8/31/19.
The cost of the retreat includes:
Water taxi to and from Yelapa from Puerto Vallarta
3 meals a day
7 days / 6 nights in a room shared with one other guest
2 yoga classes a day
1 day long excursion
Not included in the cost:
Round-trip airfare to Puerto Vallarta, MX
Transportation and accommodations in Puerto Vallarta
30 or 60 minute Deepen Your Practice session with selected teacher
Any extra food or beverages
Gratuity for hotel & transportation staff
There are 20 total reservations available for this retreat. A deposit of $500 is required to reserve your spot and, as stated above, there is a $200 discount if final amount is paid by 8/31/19.
Retreat deposits and payments are non-refundable unless YOU are able to find someone to take your place. We understand that life is unpredictable and plans may change, however per person cost is based on a guaranteed occupancy amount.
To confirm your attendance at the retreat, you will need to complete an online registration form and pay your deposit. Deposit can be paid via check or credit card.
For check payment, email Ambika for mailing address.
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More about Amy Starner:
Amy’s former life as a dancer, coupled with her many years of teaching movement, has given her a keen ability to truly teach from the inside out; not just making asana, but feeling what’s happening inside your body.
While she enjoys the physical “work-out” that Vinyasa Yoga can provide, she relishes the spiritual “work-in” that only yoga can offer – aligning mind, body & spirit. Her classes put an emphasis on awareness, alignment, breathing, and control. She holds an MFA in Dance and Choreography from UC Irvine, a 200 hour Yoga Alliance certification from Spira Power Yoga in Seattle, and is a certified Pilates Instructor from Studio du Corps/Pilates Center of Orange County in Costa Mesa, CA.
If you love to move with grace and power and enjoy strengthening your body, stretching your muscles and feeling movement in a new way, you will feel right at home in Amy’s yoga classes.